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Bethany Mandel: "I Wanted to Be a Good Mom. So I Got a Gun."

Editor at Ricochet Who Penned Pro Gun Op-Ed to New York Times Joins Tony Katz to Discuss

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Bethany Mandel, Editor at Ricochet attracted national attention this week for an op-ed she penned for the New York Times entitled, "I Wanted to Be a Good Mom. So I Got a Gun."

From her piece:

"A few months after my father left our family home for good, my mother heard me screaming in the middle of the night. It was the kind of scream that made her grab her rifle in one hand and some ammo in another.

It was a spring night and I was sleeping with my window open, which was right above my bed; I loved breathing in the fresh air. That night, in that open window, I heard the banging of a ladder, and by the time my mother made it into the room and began loading her gun, a man was about to climb in.

She said something along the lines of: 'Bethany, come over here. I don’t want you to get his brain matter on your face.' I backed up behind her and my mother raised her gun. The would-be intruder slowly backed down the ladder. As he climbed down, my mother approached. The barrel of her rifle was inches away from his face and she told him, 'Next time you come here, I won’t hesitate.' She had her gun pointed at him through the window on his way down, and as he went down the ladder she grabbed the top and shook it, just to put the fear of God into him one last time before he fled."

WIBC host Tony Katz spoke with Bethany Mandel about the op-ed during his Monday afternoon broadcast. Click below to check it out:


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